Your point about military academies is well taken,

What they have in common with religious schools

is a sense of mission. And recognition that to get anywhere

you need discipline although the kinds of discipline

are very different.

Patrick Henry College has a system that uses political organizing

as its modus operandi  -with a foundation of conservative christian values.

Again, I'm not much for that combination of things, but what does impress me

is that the focus is "real world" and measurable results, electing the

"best people" to office. The best people as they saw it meant, for instance,

electing and re-electing George W Bush, not my idea of the best

of anything at all, but with a different definition of "best" it seems

to me that PHC was on to something.

"What would a school like look that was as single-mindedly focused on
Training Culture Warriors?"

Another example of discipline and measurable results are the premier
music schools in the country, like Tanglewood (Summers only) or Julliard.
But to say the least, the focus is narrowly on music, or maybe such things

as orchestra conducting.  Everything else is catch as catch can.  Still,

the results are impressive: Graduates who are world class at playing

a trumpet, or singing arias like angels in heaven.

My interest is in rejuvenating the Liberal Arts, partly by combining

these kinds of classes, etc, with computer technology and software

development. In any case, the "culture" part of Culture Warrior

demands thorough understanding of our culture, and that means

the Liberal Arts more than anything else.

What do you get when someone is utterly clueless about the Liberal Arts,

has almost no knowledge of history, no knowledge of literature,

almost no knowledge of religion (any religion), no knowledge

of psych or social psychology, etc, etc?  Donald Trump.

I remain thankful that we didn't end up with Hillary, but, damn,

how do we get rid of Trump?  He is an embarrassment every time

he opens his mouth. He epitomizes boorishness.

We need a new Watergate, it seems to me.

I will make a wild guess and say that you agree with the sentiment.

OK, what is your theory?



From: Centroids <>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 11:56 AM
Cc: Chris Hahn; Billy Rojas
Subject: Re: Values Academies

Hi Billy,

On Feb 11, 2018, at 11:45, Billy Rojas 
<<>> wrote:

Where is the college that promises you the skills you need to live a happy life?

Does anybody even offer courses on sexual integrity, budgeting, abuse of power, 
or any of the other issues that regularly destroy lives, families, and careers?

Why couldn't a new college / university seek to do exactly that?

Why indeed?

That is actually my point. Nobody actually seems to want to be accountable for 
cultivating true virtue. Hope only promises jobs. Christians focus on 
indoctrinating fundamentalism and excluding a fixed set of sins.  Buddhism 
can’t prevent its own sex scandals.

If you want a partial counter-example, the best I can think of is the military 
academies. They are at least self-conscious about training people in 
discipline, leadership and teamwork — and getting better at it over time.

What would a school like look that was as single-mindedly focused on
Training Culture Warriors? What would it have to subtract, not just add?

You’d need more than relevant classes and high production values. Or even a 
rigid ideology.

I have a theory, but first I want to see if we agree that’s the question worth 


And I'd add still other essentials that are regularly overlooked

in the curricula. For example "Psychology of Personal Relationships,"

"The Objective Study of Religion," and "Human Growth  -what to

expect at age 35, 50, and 70."  Also: "Looking Ahead:  The Job Market

in 2025, 2040, and 2055."

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